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#1231697 - Thu May 09 2019 03:18 AM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"dial M for Murder"

No matter how many times I watch this one, I love it.



Oh, yeah. Even though you know all the surprises and how it turns out, it's still great to watch! smile
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#1231699 - Thu May 09 2019 03:20 AM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930)
I've read the book and seen the film many times (also the international 'silent' version) and it is still compelling.
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#1231700 - Thu May 09 2019 03:22 AM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"On the Basis of Sex" (2018)
Not bad! Kept me on the edge of my seat even though I knew how it was going to turn out! Also a reminder of far we have come as a society and how different life was 50-60 years ago.
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#1233375 - Wed May 22 2019 09:36 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"the Country Girl" 1954

Grace Kelly won her Oscar for this one, in a big upset over Judy Garland for "A Star is Born". She does give a fine performance, and of course we know how much the academy loves it when a glamourous beauty plays against type. The real winner of a performance in this film, though, is Bing Crosby. Didn't know he had it in him.

As for the movie itself, for the time not a bad rendition of the codependency of marriage to an alcoholic.

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#1233756 - Mon May 27 2019 09:08 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Can You Ever Forgive Me?" 2018

Well, I'd say this is Melissa McCarthy's best work, convincingly playing a thoroughly unlikable woman, and getting us to sympathize with her, to some extent.

And Blossom Dearie on the soundtrack, too.

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#1234034 - Thu May 30 2019 10:33 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"The Big Chill" 1983

I can't say that this one really spoke to me - there's something about it that just doesn't really ring true to my experience. Maybe it's just that I never went to college, never really ran with a pack. And never really had ideals so lofty that I had to abandon them - most of mine have stayed pretty much where they were.

I see this movie being described as talky, but honestly, not as talky as this kind of thing would have been in real life. And not as bitchy....

All in all, to me this is mostly a reasonably entertaining "meh".

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#1234469 - Tue Jun 04 2019 09:21 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Booksmart" 2019

I'm not the intended audience for this, but still had a pretty good time. Some genuinely very funny lines - I don't laugh out loud in the theatre very often, but I did a few times with this one.

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#1234566 - Wed Jun 05 2019 11:22 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"The Godfather Part Two" 1974 Dang, this movie is good.

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#1234674 - Thu Jun 06 2019 09:28 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"The Godfather Part II" 1972 As is this one.

If you forced me to rank them, I'd say Part I is a better story and Part II is more wonderful to look at. But I'd prefer not to rank them, they are both amazing.

I wanted more so started to watch Part III. Got about twenty minutes in - the writing is just not there.

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#1234793 - Fri Jun 07 2019 09:03 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Far From the Tree" 2018

A lovely documentary about children who, one way or another, are very different from their parents. Most of the children have what could be viewed as a disability, but certainly they themselves don't always see it that way. An examination of parental love, but also of what it means to be "different".

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#1234927 - Sun Jun 09 2019 05:41 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"A Star is Born" 2018

Not bad. Can't beat Judy Garland and James Mason, but not bad.

As a person with hearing loss who also works with other people with hearing loss, I like how they managed that part, very realistic. And as a person who has had a loved one go through rehab, that wasn't bad, either. Early sobriety is so darn fragile.

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#1235121 - Tue Jun 11 2019 05:53 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"The Devil Wears Prada" 2006

Lots of fun. Meryl Streep is riveting, you really can't take your eyes off her.

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#1235373 - Sat Jun 15 2019 04:13 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Murder on the Orient Express" 1974

Comparing this to the one that came out a year or so ago, it's hard to say which is best. This is so much more beautifully filmed, with, I think, more depth. The newer version though tells the story more coherently. Great performances in both versions, though I admit it was nice to see so many old friends, if I can put it that way, in this one. Wendy Hiller especially was a standout as the Princess - I've never seen a bad performance from her.

I think there are other versions of this film, I'll have to dig them up.

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#1235776 - Thu Jun 20 2019 05:16 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Love Affair" 1939

This is the original, that was remade nearly 20 years later as "An Affair to Remember". Almost the identical screenplay.

I'll have to watch the 1957 version again, but I think this one has a bit lighter touch.

And these movies suffer from the problem of so many classic films, where times and attitudes have changed so much that it's hard to understand the motivations of the characters. I was listening to a critic who herself is in a wheelchair talk about the situation, and how angry it made her, the assumption that if someone couldn't walk, well, of course she didn't deserve love. And the implication, at the end of the movie, that love will cure a severed spinal cord, or whatever it is that she's got.

But, anyway, if you can just put all that aside, and watch this movie with your mind set firmly in the past, it's charming.

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#1236010 - Sun Jun 23 2019 07:06 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Men in Black" 1997

With all the noise about the newest in this series coming out, I was reminded that I'd never seen the original.

I can see what all the fuss was about - what a fun movie. Exactly what a summer blockbuster should be.

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#1236064 - Mon Jun 24 2019 10:41 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Red Dragon" 2002

For something like the fourth time. Man, it's good.

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#1236109 - Tue Jun 25 2019 09:01 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"The Silence of the Lambs" 1991

This one's good, too, in some ways better. Jodi Foster's performance is astonishing.

And, yes, I know there are some problematic elements, looking at it from a more modern viewpoint. But I think it made, considering it was nearly thirty years ago, some effort to show that Gumb was not trans, just crazy. Ir could certainly be argued that it was not enough of an effort, but we do have to judge art in context, and take into account the standards of the time.

I'm still going to call it a good movie, but it's also good that objections have been raised.

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#1236638 - Tue Jul 02 2019 04:19 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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I couldn't get past the inaccuracies to get into the story for that one..
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#1236677 - Tue Jul 02 2019 07:59 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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That's right, your work is connected to the field, isn't it? Yeah, if you know something about the way anything is really done, it's hard to watch it on film, because they never get it right.

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#1236892 - Fri Jul 05 2019 01:11 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Stage Fright" 1950

A rather confusing HItchcock movie that doesn't quite hold together, that's saved by some really great performances. Jane Wyman is luminous, even though she doesn't even try for an English accent (they get around this by having her character having been educated in the States), and Marlene Dietrich is a satisfyingly nasty piece of work, but the movie really belongs to the English character actors - Sybil Thorndike, Joyce Grenfell, and of course, Alastair Sim.

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#1236908 - Fri Jul 05 2019 03:19 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"An Inspector Calls" 1954

Went looking for some more Alastair Sim and found this beauty to warm the heart of any leftie. Not quite as on the nose as the play, but still very relevant to the here and now.

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#1236974 - Sat Jul 06 2019 07:48 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Stage Door" 1937

Ginger Rogers wisecracks her way through this story of a bunch of young women in a theatrical boarding house. Katherine Hepburn is the snooty newcomer. Eve Arden spends the whole movie sitting on the couch stroking her cat and being totally hilarious. A young Lucille Ball reminds us that she wasn't always a comic actress.

This is the original "feisty young girls try to make it in a tough town" movie, and it's great.

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#1236976 - Sat Jul 06 2019 11:15 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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Xmen dark phoenix... 2019

The movie was terrible, although it starts with interesting premises and good performances are completely diluted, their villains are disastrous and results in a very poor farewell to this good franchise.

After 2019
I do not know what I was thinking when I went to see the movie, I'm struck by romantic movies like "before sunrise". After half an hour it starts to be a headache, using all the possible clichés, that really made me want to run away and in a masochistic way I kept looking to see if it improved but every second was worse than the previous one. I highly recommend not seeing it.

I want to see Seven or Shawshank redemption or Schildren list after watch this two abominations.

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#1236977 - Sat Jul 06 2019 11:20 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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I see aladdin too... Very ugly streak.
Aladdin lost the magic and will Smith isn't Robin Williams. The Genius its a 50% of the original movie, Iago and Jafar have a very ugly performance. I love so much the animated versión and i really hate the live action.
Heartless versión, Jazmin has a interesting but innecesary twist with a feminist discurss


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#1237012 - Sun Jul 07 2019 05:59 PM Re: The last film you watched ...
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"Cottage to Let" (also known as "Bombsight Stolen") 1941

Well this was just great. German spies in the Scottish countryside - but who is the spy? Is it Alistair Sim? Is it John Mills? Is it Michael Wilding? Is it the butler? Wonderful little wartime British film, with a super performance from young George Cole playing a teenage evacuee with no flies on him.

I'm not familiar with George Cole but it looks like he was very well known in the UK. This appears to be his first film, and you can tell he had a career ahead of him.

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